MEET SURAJMAL GURJAR

Q: What drinking water was there in the village before?
A: The only source for the whole village was from a hand pump, near the pond. It is 2.5 kilometres away from the hamlet. The groundwater is saline and contains fluoride because of the effects of the Sambhar Lake so any other water would make us sick.

Q: How do you get drinking water now?
A: We have a RRWHS at our house, which we built with the help of PKS and Wells for India. We now have year-round safer drinking water for the whole family.

Q: How does the rain water taste?
A: It is sweeter than water from the hand pump. But the most important thing is we no longer suffer from bad stomachs, joint pain and yellow teeth, so I don’t have to worry about my children any more.

*VDC is a decision-making group set up by Wells for India to create collective action on village development issues such as building more Roof Rain Water Harvesting Systems (RRWHS), toilets, education and livelihoods